Approach to Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is a novel in which an orphan child, Jane, is sent away to Lowood Institute after ten dreadful years living with her adoptive family, the Reeds. Eight years later, Jane applies for a governess job at Thornfield Hall, where she falls in love with the unpleasant Mr. Rochester and discovers the alarming news that he is married, and has stowed his unstable wife in the attic! Upon finding this horrible information at the alter, Jane runs away from Thornfield Hall to Moor House only to find unheard of relatives. Inheritance from her late uncle John, and a proposal from her cousin, St. John Rivers, sends Jane back looking for Mr. Rochester solely to discover Thornfield Hall burnt down. A search leads Jane to Ferndean where she finds Mr. Rochester crippled and blind, and with out a wife. Soon after, Jane and Mr. Rochester wed and live freely with their child.
Jane Eyre: docile, diligent, intelligent, faithful, unbiased
Mr. Rochester: eccentric, cunning, judgmental, chivalrous, heroic
St. John Rivers: ambitious, reserved, unsympathetic, controlling, devoted
1. Mrs. Reed locks Jane in “the red-room” for punishment in chapter two. How is this room symbolic throughout the novel?
2. Throughout the novel, there is an motif of love. Describe how Jane searches for love. How is Jane’s unwillingness to lose her independence to find love play a role in Mr. Rochester’s proposal to Jane?
3. Bertha Mason plays a large role in Jane Eyre. However, there is great complexity behind her character. Why is her complex presence in Jane Eyre is a problem, but yet helpful toward Jane?
Chapter 4, PG. 32
Jane: “I am glad you are no relation of mine. I will never call you aunt again as long as I live. I will never come to visit you when I am grown up; and if any one asks me how I liked you, and how you treated me, I will say the very thought of you makes me sick, and that you treated...